Teaching Grocery Shopping Skills to People with SchizophreniaBy Brown, Cantana; Rempfer, Melisa; Hamera, Edna; Occupation, Participation and Health, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 905-915
Publication Date: Winter 2002
Study conducted to determine if a grocery shopping intervention was effective for people diagnosed with schizophrenia. The mediation was designed to compensate for cognitive impairments by introducing strategies to simplify tasks and make the environment appear less intimidating to the respondents. Forty-three people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder participated in the study. Pretest and posttest performances on the Test of Grocery Shopping Skills were utilized as a performance measure to evaluate strategies such as repeated practice with feedback, motivational incentives, scripting of the process, situated cognitive approaches, and cueing. Two versions of the test required the participants to locate ten items in a grocery store. The test measured for accuracy, time, and redundancy, which refers to how often shoppers return to an aisle or go down an aisle that does not contain a necessary item. Results confirmed that the intervention was effective overall in improving accuracy and redundancy in the participant sample.
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